Jan Both used sketches he had made during his sojourn in Italy for a series of idyllic landscapes suffused by rich, golden light. This landscape shows a mountain pass in the countryside near Rome, but it was painted after Both's return from the south.

It is thought to have been executed in the mid-1640s. Two variants of the composition are recorded.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1615 - 1652
Full title
A Rocky Italian Landscape with Herdsmen and Muleteers
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
103 x 125 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery